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Border Collie Adoption

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What do you need to know before you adopt a Border Collie? We asked the experts!
 

Midwest Border Collie Rescue says:
 

The most important thing to remember about a Border Collie is that they need both mental and physical stimulation and exercise.  A Border Collie can run for hours, but mental challenges (agility, herding, obedience, trick training, nosework, jobs around the house such as bringing in the paper, etc.) are what help a Border Collie be a happy, content family member.

Not all Border Collies are intense working dogs, but many of them are. Their intelligence is great, but people need to be willing to work with it.  A Border Collie needs more than just a leash walk or occasional short game of fetch.  If they are not challenged or they get bored they make up their own fun.  Border Collies also need consistent expectations and rules. They are hard-working and honest dogs who are great teammates. They do best with positive reinforcement.

Nebraska Border Collie Rescue, Inc. says:
 

Border collies are not dogs that can be left in the back yard to exercise.  They need more than a walk around the block.  Also, training is imperative and they MUST be corrected for bad behavior.  Ignoring bad behavior does not work.  NO TEETH ON SKIN should be written in stone.

More about the Border Collie:

The Border Collie is also referred to as the ‘Scotch Sheep Dog’ in reference to its place of origin. Those who share their homes with Border Collies and Border Collie mixes often describe them as highly energetic, intelligent, sensitive and demanding of attention and activity. This breed is not well suited for apartment life nor for those who desire a lap dog type companion. The Border Collie is not always accepting of small children, cats, dogs and other family pets as a tremendous desire to herd has been bred into them for hundreds of years. This breed is best and happiest when paired with people who have a very active lifestyle that includes a great deal of outdoor activity.


Dog breeds that have the thick double coat such as Border Collies will shed heavily at certain times of the year due to changing weather.  This normally occurs in the spring and fall when the coat will require frequent brushing and undercoat raking to minimize shedding.  This is a highly intelligent and well balanced breed that is happiest and most well behaved when given a ‘job’ to do or provided with adequate physical activity.


Border Collies may be prone to PRA, which is a Collie Eye Anomoly, deafness, epilepsy or hip dysplasia. Border Collies can also be allergic to fleas or sensitive to some drugs that are safe for other breeds. Make sure your veterinarian is familiar with these sensitivities before they prescribe medication.

More about the Border Collie

Thinking about adopting a Border Collie puppy? Here are three reasons to adopt an adult instead:

1. You have kids.

Like most people, you’ve probably heard time and again that if you have kids, you should adopt a Border Collie puppy (or, gasp! find a Border Collie puppy for sale). The rationale is that an adult shelter dog is an unknown quantity, so buying or adopting a Border Collie puppy is safer. Actually, the opposite is closer to the truth. Puppies are not usually a great choice with kids; they have very limited control over their biting/mouthing impulses, and when you mix that with lots of energy and unbelievably sharp little teeth, it’s a recipe for your small fry to be in tears.  Puppies are tiny chewing machines and can destroy a favorite stuffed animal or security blanket in short order.  Adult dogs, on the other hand, are generally calmer, and their personalities are already fully developed and on display.  When you meet an adult dog, you can see how they are with kids and with other animals.  This takes the guesswork out of wondering how a puppy will turn out as a full-grown dog.

 

2.  You value your possessions.

Puppies teethe.  They have a biological need to chew, they want to play constantly, and they can’t discriminate between appropriate chew toys and, say, your favorite pair of Manolos.  Puppies eventually can be trained out of this behavior, of course, and there are exceptions to every rule, but generally speaking, an adult Border Collie (or any adult dog) is much less likely to shred your drapes like coleslaw or function as a “helpful” canine document shredder.

 

3.  You work, or otherwise leave the house.

Pop quiz: how often does a two-month-old puppy need to be taken out to do his business during the day?  A) every six hours; B) every eight hours; or C) every two hours?

 

If you answered B, or even A, you’re an eternal optimist! The correct answer, though, is C: every two hours. When you’re housetraining a puppy, the general rule of thumb is that they can hold their bladder one hour for each month they’ve been alive (up to a max of about eight to ten hours).  So a three-month-old Border Collie puppy needs to go outside every three hours, a four-month-old needs to go every four hours, and so on.  If you’re retired, or you work from home, or you’re taking the puppy to work with you or to a doggy daycare (make sure your puppy is up-to-date on all vaccines before considering that last option), great! But if you’re planning on leaving your dog alone during your workday, you’ll definitely want to adopt a full-grown dog, ideally from a Border Collie rescue that can help you find the right dog for your lifestyle.

 

Let’s bust these myths about adopting a Border Collie

Time to get real: when we ask people what reservations they have about Border Collie adoption, we hear the same things over and over again.  If you’re operating under any of these mistaken beliefs, you just might be missing out on meeting the best friend you’ll ever have.   So it’s time for us to set the record straight:

 

  • You CAN find purebred Border Collies for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.
  • Border Collies and Border Collie puppies for adoption are NOT in any way inferior to or different from those for sale.
  • The dogs in the shelter are NOT there because they’re bad dogs.
  • If you want a puppy, you DON’T have to buy a Border Collie puppy. Border Collie puppies ARE available for adoption.
  • If you have children, adopting a dog is likely the SAFEST option.

 

Here’s the truth: you absolutely can find a Border Collie, even a Border Collie puppy, for adoption in an animal shelter or rescue group.  And they don’t end up there because they’re bad dogs.  In fact, often the only difference between the dog in the shelter and the one on your couch is a bit of bad luck.  Think about it: let’s say you buy a Border Collie puppy for sale by a breeder. Your new dog is great; you immediately enroll the two of you in obedience classes, and soon your best pal is housebroken and well trained. But what would happen to your wonderful Border Collie if, tragically, something happened to you? What if he escaped from your home and ran away? Your best pal would very likely end up in an animal shelter.  The lucky person who adopts your Border Collie would be getting a great dog!  Animal shelters are filled with wonderful, healthy, well-behaved dogs who have been in homes before, but whose owners have fallen on hard times.  Many of them are housebroken and trained.  Border Collie rescue organizations often care for their adoptable dogs in foster homes, which means their foster families will be able to tell you if the Border Collie you want to adopt is good with other animals or kids, and if he or she is housebroken and knows any basic commands. As you can see, adopting from a rescue organization is likely the very safest way for people with children to add a new Border Collie to their family!

 

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